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[ Wilkes-Barre’s Green Infrastructure Implementation and Planning Initiatives ]

This summer the City of Wilkes-Barre kicked off green infrastructure implementation and planning initiatives:

In early summer of 2017, new bio-infiltration trenches were installed, based on the Green Stormwater Infrastructure Master Plan that was developed for the City of Wilkes-Barre by LandStudies and the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation.

The plan serves as a tool to target and implement water quality projects in a cost-effective manner in the City of Wilkes-Barre.

Elements that were implemented included–

— Developed a Green Stormwater Infrastructure Master Plan to evaluate and target several problem areas in the City of Wilkes-Barre, and identified pilot stormwater management Best Management Practices (BMPs) that could be used at targeted sites

— Developed concept Master Plans for three sites, demonstrating how stormwater BMPs, native landscaping, and stream restoration techniques can be applied in urban settings

— Designed and constructed two bio-infiltration trench at one of the target areas

— Removed existing curb and impervious sidewalk

— Excavated the subsurface material and installation of stone and backfill of amended topsoil to infiltrate stormwater

— Planted site with native vegetation

— Presented a do it yourself (DIY) downspout planter workshops

Project Outcomes–

— Improved stormwater management practices in the City of Wilkes-Barre

— Reduced non-point source pollution from urban runoff

— Increased public awareness and initiatives to mitigate urban stormwater issues and watershed conservation as a whole

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